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The Time of the CrimePhenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Italian Film$
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Domietta Torlasco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758024

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758024.001.0001

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(p.87) 4 Twilight
The Time of the Crime
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This chapter examines the truth of the crime scene in Bernardo Bertolucci's film The Spider's Stratagem. It explains that this film dramatizes and complicates the vicissitudes of the repeating line and transfers Jorge Luis Borges' time labyrinth from the domain of language to that of vision. It analyzes the intricate the pattern of the film and suggests that it succeeds in articulating the temporality of the future anterior as the chiasm of light and darkness. This chapter also contends that full speech in the film coincides with the subject's assumption of a language that refers back to itself and with the emergence of truth as revelation.

Keywords:   crime scene, The Spider's Stratagem, Bernardo Bertolucci, repeating lines, Jorge Luis Borges, time labyrinth, vision, truth as revelation

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